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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.


Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN 06/15/2013
Sen. Feinstein “If I may, quickly Senator, it's my understanding you have the metadata, you have the records of what appears on a phone bill. If you want to go to the content, then you have to get a court order, the same thing you would do in a criminal case. You would have to get a court order that would permit you to collect the content of a call. You can ask if that's him if that is right or wrong.” Gen Alexander: “that's correct.”
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 06/16/2013
I can't tell you how strong we need to make this clear. The NSA is not listening to Americans' phone calls, and it is not monitoring their e-mails. If it did, it's illegal. It's breaking the law. >> (Host) right. And it's not recording them either? >> I could go get a warrant on a criminal case, (in answer to host question) yeah, absolutely. (continuing) It's very, very different. I think they think there's this mass surveillance of what you're saying on your phone call and what you're typing in your e-mails. That is just not happening.
Bobby Scott
Representative, Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Investigations-Ranking Member
KNTV 06/16/2013
Bobby Scott: If it were limited to terrorism then I think the discussion would go away. It's not limited to terrorism. Once you get the -- once the FBI gets the information, then the question is, who can look at it, what can you do with information? I mean, there's a lot of stuff you can get if you just run through phone calls. I mean, somebody's called an escort service, an aids doctor, a bankruptcy attorney. I mean, there's a lot of stuff that would be interesting to know about somebody. We just had a supreme court case that said if you're
Bob Schieffer
Anchor & Moderator, Face The Nation
KPIX 06/16/2013
I think what we have in Edward Snowden is just a narcissistic young man who has decided he is smarter than the rest of us. I don't know what he is beyond that, but he is no hero. If he has a valid point — and I'm not even sure he does — he would greatly help his cause by voluntarily coming home to face the consequences.
James Risen
NYT National Security Journalist
KNTV 06/16/2013
James Risen: One of the things that really I think concerns people is that you've created something that never existed in American history before, and that is a surveillance state. The infrastructure that, basically using software technology and data mining and eavesdropping, very sophisticated technology to create an infrastructure that a police state would have, and that's what really should concern Americans, because we haven't had a full national debate about the creation of a massive surveillance state and surveillance infrastructure that if we had some radical change in our politics could lead to a police state.
Thomas Drake
NSA whistleblower, NSA Senior Executive, 2001-2009
CURRENT 06/17/2013
(Is there to know at this point about what the NSA does?) I think there is a lot more, I think we've only seen the tip of the iceberg. As I’ve said more than just jokingly, NSA we wiretap the world. This is a vast systemic surveillance system. It is huge, and it's far larger than it's ever been acknowledged before although a number of us have been talking about it for quite some time. It's now coming out the initial contours of how large this really is.
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
KNTV 06/17/2013
I don't think collecting millions and millions of Americans' phone calls -- now, this is the meta data, this is time, place, to whom you direct the calls -- is making us any safer, and I think it's ultimately, perhaps, a violation of the 4th Amendment. I think we ought to have this debate. I’m going to introduce a bill this week that would narrow the reach of 215 to those who have a link to terrorism.
Barack Obama
KQED 06/17/2013
“What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a US person the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls and the NSA. cannot target your e-mails.
Barack Obama
KQED 06/17/2013
If you're a US person then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it's not targeting your e-mails unless it's getting an individualized court order. That’s the existing rule.
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
MSNBCW 06/17/2013
I think we owe it to the American people to have a fulsome debate in the open about the extent of these programs. You have a law that's been interpreted secretly by a secret court that then issues secret orders to generate a secret program. I just don't think this is an American approach to a world in which -- we have great threats, and my number one goal is to protect the American people, but we can do it in a way that also respects our civil liberties. I have no doubt.
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